The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest
Apelles Econs06 June 2018 10:51If you wanted to get a “heretical” viewpoint on current treatments for cancer, check this series from the US. The public awareness has reached a tipping point and seems to be forcing Medicine to face some unpalatable truths. Personally I believe we can be very positive about the changes doctors are having to make on their approach to disease because this awareness has started gaining momentum in our medical schools; doctors have at last started recognising the futility of treating the body with chemical agents, which, at substantial cost, offer no “curative” effect. View video: The
Summary of the Big Health News in 2017
Dr Peter Latchman23 December 2017 21:00Fasting is now recognised to have a major role in rekindling health. Taking vitamins in pregnancy reduces the risk of its complications. Vitamin D, apart from strengthening the bones, also helps to reduce risk of colds and chest infections. 10 portions of fruits and vegetables (800 gr) a day significantly reduces the risk of premature death. The "5 -a- day" was promoted as a step to the right direction. Eating fat improves your life expectancy (it reduces the risk of the most common causes of cancer). Staying fit with exercise and sports, reduces the risk of falls and fractures
PPIs and risk of cancer (BMJ 4 November 2017)
Dr Apelles Econs12 November 2017 09:11Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have an increased risk to cause cancer (2.45 times). H2 antagonists (such as ranitidine) don't seem to have the same risk. Comment: I could not ascertain if the effects of long term, low grade inflammation associated with hiatus hernias, reflux, gastritis, gastric ulcers and duodenitis have been taken into account. One thing is certain: long term inflammation, even if it is suppressed, it is an "active" problem, whose mechanism can often be traced to simple "non-allergic" food sensitivities.
NICE recommends: Avoid antibiotics for acute sinus infections (BMJ 4 November 2017)
Dr Apelles Econs08 November 2017 09:11NICE new guidelines recommend oral decongestants and paracetamol for acute sinusitis and avoid antibiotcs. Tell this to a patient who has been unable to breath, with facial pain for a couple of weeks! Comment: I am not recommending antibiotics to patients with sinusitis because we often manage to prevent them having upper respiratory inflammation, using the positive effects of dietary changes, methods of desensitisation and sometimes, anti-ifungals (if molds are suspected).
Scleroderma and Antibiotics
Dr Apelles Econs19 October 2017 16:41We sporadically get enquiries if we treat scleroderma. We do. Whilst I have to admit that the condition is challenging both to the patient and the clinician, if it is an "immune" problem, it must be the result of a reactivity. Unsurprisingly, some people who are prepared to radically change their diet, to deal with any toxic load or infectious agents, seem to do well, in spite of expectations. I expect that the use of antibiotics such as minocycline (or clindamycin) will become more widespread in the near future. The outcomes are too good to ignore, they have the support
Hooray! We can eat fat again (and live longer) - with the blessing of Medicine!
Dr Apelles Econs28 September 2017 14:54Scanning the journals is my favourite section in BMJ. This time the tone is "humble", as Medicine is coming around, slowly, to accept that previous guidelines established on so-called "evidence" were, once more, flawed. The topic is on fats. a) eating fats is related to lower total mortality and does not affect cardio-vascular disease! As I have been telling my clients for years, it is those carbs that are doing the damage - sugars especially. The message is: we can abandon the "saturated fat-cardiovascular disease" hypothesis with some certainty. b) High fruit, vegetable and legume intake was associated
Welcome to our new website!
29 August 2017 09:26We hope that this new format will give the visitor some helpful insights into our methods and range of investigations and treatments available in our Clinic. The information is by no means "exhaustive"; there are sections such as the management of atherosclerosis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and gynaecological or urological conditions, which are yet to be added. If you have some comments on how to improve the presentation or content, please feel welcome to drop us a line. In the meantime, this section aims to share news relevant to our specialty on "environmental influences on human health" and highlight some advances
Surprise, surprise! Mediterranean diet may be reducing risk of Alzheimer's
Dr Econs25 July 2017 11:08I must have seen at least 10 studies in the last two years that extol the virtues of eating lots of salads, vegetables, olive oil and fish, excluding most other common foods in order to reduce the risk of dementia or improve mental faculties, when Alzheimer's has been diagnosed. In a way this is not as extra-ordinary as it sounds: similar diets have been proven effective in reversing several so-called "auto-immune" diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, Crohn's disease; in clinics like ours, they have been used because they are known to help people with
B Vitamins Fight Pollution
Dr Econs12 July 2017 13:22In 2015 the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) estimated that diesel "particulates" are directly and indirectly responsible for an average of 52,000 deaths per annum in Britain, mainly associated with severe asthma, cardio-vascular disease and cancer. For people understanding the role of nutrition in human health, it will not come as a surprise to hear that another group of essential nutrients such as the vitamin B's have a protective effect against changes in the immune system and free radical damage, which are known to initiate serious, life threatening health problems. View B vitamins